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The Tell-Tale Heart




A new audiobook from Radio Theatre Group
The Tell-Tale Heart
âA masterpiece of Gothic Horrorâ
by Edgar Allen Poe
narrated by Derek Banner

The Tell-Tale Heart is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe first published in 1843. It follows an unnamed narrator who insists on his sanity after murdering an old man with a "vulture eye". The murder is carefully calculated, and the murderer hides the body by cutting it into pieces and hiding it under the floorboards. Ultimately the narrator's guilt manifests itself in the hallucination that the man's heart is still beating under the floorboards. The story was first published in James Russell Lowell's The Pioneer in January 1843. "The Tell-Tale Heart" is widely considered a classic of the Gothic fiction genre and one of Poe's most famous short stories.
"I kept quite still and said nothing. For a whole hour I did not move a muscle, and in the meantime I did not hear him lie down. He was still sitting up in the bed listening; â just as I have done, night after night, hearkening to the death watches in the wall.".

Derek Banner
Narrator of The Tell-Tale Heart


A talented and versatile performer, Derek will be appearing on stage in October 2008 at The Ramshorn Theatre in Glasgow as Randall P. McMurphy in One Flew over the Cuckooâs Nest.
Other recent stage credits include Mitch in A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, Bob in Beyond Therapy by Christopher Durang, as Lysander in Midsummer Nightâs Dream by William Shakespeare and Abe in Knock Knock by Jules Feiffer.
Derek has also performed in several productions for Radio Theatre Group, including Harry Lime in The Third Man, George Bailey in Itâs a Wonderful Life, Tom Brown in The Legionnaire and the Lady and Sherlock Holmes in The Musgrave Ritual.


Reviews

Reviewer: Sir_Vikin - - April 13, 2013
Subject: Excellent for teaching Mood & Point of View!
This recording/performance is absolutely perfect for teaching mood and point of view. The actual recording/performance is about 12 minutes long with a lot of extra sounds and dead air at the end that is not needed. The noises in the beginning help set the mood to the story. The acting is not overdone, in fact it is perfect, particularly for teaching point of view. The sounds, dead time and all really help the students understand mood. The ending is a bit long winded with the extra sounds, but up until the end it is absolutely perfect.
Reviewer: heimdal77 - - November 24, 2012
Subject: 50 mins of blank time
This is a 70 min file but only the first 19 min is the actual story and probably a good 2-3 mins before that are just random sounds. After the first 19 mins the rest is just silence or random kinds of creepy noises. It might make a good Halloween sound track for a haunted house. Other wise the acting itself was rather poor and overly done.
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